October 01, 2015

HOUSTON (1-2) at ATLANTA (3-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 5

RECORD VS SPREAD - Texans 1-2, Falcons 3-0

SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 2-1

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Falcons 17-10, Dec. 4, 2011

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Buccaneers 19-9; Falcons beat Cowboys 39-28

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 21, Falcons No. 6

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (13), PASS (13)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (T12), RUSH (19), PASS (12)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (14), PASS (2)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (15), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans beat Falcons 32-7 in preseason game at Houston in 2014. ... RB Alfred Blue had 139 yards rushing with TD last week against Tampa Bay. He has 467 yards rushing in six career starts. ... DE J.J. Watt has 14 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a safety, four pass deflections and a TD catch in last eight games. ... RB Arian Foster could return from groin injury. ... QB Ryan Mallett improved to 2-2 as starter by passing for 228 yards, one TD in win over Buccaneers. ... K Randy Bullock released by Texans after missing extra point and FG last week. K Nick Novak was signed on Tuesday. ... Falcons are first NFL team to be 3-0 when trailing in fourth quarter of each game. ... WR Julio Jones' 34 catches are most in NFL history through three games. Jones also leads NFL with 440 yards receiving. ... WR Roddy White has no catches in last two games. ... Rookie DE Vic Beasley Jr. has sacks in last two games. ... Fantasy Tip: Following his huge production - 141 yards rushing with three TDs, 52 yards receiving - against Cowboys, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be fantasy starter, especially with Tevin Coleman still recovering from rib injury.

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